Corporal Evan A. Grant

Evan Alexander Grant was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba on December 23rd, 1895 to Angus and Catherine Grant. He have five sisters and two brothers. Evan grew up in Sidney, Manitoba where his father worked primarily as a farmer. He was a scholarly type and loved to read about "Cowboys and Indians" and the Boy's Own Annuals. After finishing school in Sidney, Evan went to Agricultural College in Winnipeg for short courses.

In the fall of 1915 Evan joined the 79th Battalion and on September 7th, 1916 he sailed to Europe on the S.S. Baltic. He subsequently joined the 16th Battalion, the Canadian Scottish. Evan experienced fighting at the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Lens, Hill 70 and Passchendaele. In January 1918 he was promoted to Corporal.

On May 2, 1918, Evan, along with 59 other men were transferred to the 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps. Evan A. Grant was killed on August 8th, 1918 at the Battle of Amiens. A nursing sister wrote to Evan's mother:

"He was admitted yesterday very badly wounded in the head. His condition was so bad that he only lived for a few hours and was quite unconscious."

At the time of his death Evan was 22 years old.

This account was submitted by Evan Grant's great-nephew Cameron Steinbusch.

 
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